Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale - Alexander Keith's

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 189
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Barraclou on 03-17-2006

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Photo of beerguy1001420
4.82/5  rDev +67.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

was great and you people hatting , must drink junk beers from the usa thats not beer thats horse piss .. if this beer is so bad why is all keiths products in nova scotia sold at every bar and is the one you see signs everywhere for it because its great beer and dont give this idea its cuz its made here we have lots brands made here . its the best brand since 1820 (365 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

CANned beer from CANada in support of the CANQuest! CAN you believe it?!?

My pour created a lovely two fingers' worth of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a lovely deep amber with ruby highlights, in fact closer to deep red than amber, with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slight tang along with its malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a raspberry-like sweet/tart flavor on the tongue. Finish was mild, still sweet-tart, very tasty. Decent lacing throughout. Frankly, I really liked this and would definitely set some room aside in my cooler for it, if I could get it regularly.

From the CAN: "Using only the finest ingredients, Alexander Keith brewed slowly, carefully, taking the time to get it right. Today, we still brew his Family of Fine Beers his way, only in Nova Scotia. Those who like it, like it a lot." (834 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.92/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken in context this is probably the best brew I've had since arriving in eastern Canada. They advertise 2 cans of this in my box of IPA from Alexander Keiths. It has a reddish hue around the edges and copper in the core. Smell is sweet malts and a subtle baked bread in the distance.

This was very refreshing and has a wonderfully quick snap of bitterness and carbonation to keep it clean and drinkable. The sweetness is mostly up front and reminds me of dark hard candy with some brown sugar. The sweet side is hardly the story here though as a quck fizzy and sharp carbonation holds it together and allows the hops to bring it full circle.

I just hope I can find this at the JK's pool hall tonight. Oh well, If not I can't go wrong with some Alpine or Molson Canadian. This my friends is a winner and would seek this out if I return to this area again soon. (863 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, big head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, smooth, medium high carbonation, with a slightly bitter end

Drinkability: I actually really like this. It is a nice and smooth amber and could session it. I think it is the breweries best and think of it as a Canadian treat. (389 characters)

Photo of Ryansenkowski
3.71/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dark copper with very little head and small spots of lacing.
S: crystal malts and moderate noble hops. Clean.
T: similar to the nose. Malty sweetness up front with crisp bitterness in the finish. Minimal hop flavour.
M: fairly thin, highly carbonated.
O: decent beer to pair with my blue cheese burger but unimpressive overall. (333 characters)

Photo of KenOnBass
3.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is excellent. Dark, reddish and cloudy. Good head. Great cascading color. The smell is sweet and citrusy.

As far as taste goes I found it to be excellent. It's sweet, smooth and goes down great. The mouthfeel was super smooth but a bit flat though.

Overall, this is a great Canadian beer that I would order any time I get the chance to. It's a great red. (371 characters)

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alexander Keith's Brewery was founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1820 and is therefore one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. It was founded by Alexander Keith who emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1817. Today, the brewery is owned by Labatt, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev. Keith's produces an India Pale Ale, Red Amber Ale, Premium White, Light Ale, and Keith's Dark Ale previously known as Stag's Head Stout for Canadian beer drinkers. Keith's also produces its Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale, Nova Scotia Style Lager, and Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale for the US market. Keith's has also produced a Harvest Ale, and Tartan Ale as seasonal brews.

On this occasion we sampled Keith's Red Amber Ale which is 5.0% alcohol by volume, in a 473 ml can.

This is a great looking ale which pours a beautiful mahogany colour, with about 2 centimeters of off white head. The head lasts for quite a while and leaves some lacing down the glass. There isn't much of an aroma to it, just a faint sweet malt. The Red Amber Ale ("RAA") is lightly carbonated with a light/medium body. The taste is respectable with a slightly sweet malt coming through and a clean finish. In all, there is certainly nothing offensive about RAA, but aside from the beautiful colour, nothing to really distinguish it either. I would certainly drink it again, but there's just not enough here to elevate it into the ranks of my favourites. (1,429 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have tasted this beer at the brewery itself from tap. I also had this beer from bottle and there is a distinct difference between the two. The draught version was more aromatic, more hop flavor and more depth.

Color was reddish, brown with a small lasting head.

Smell was little citric, grapefruit. According to the guy from the tour, Cascade hop are used for this one.

Taste is caramellic and fresh fruity, there are some floral and fruity notes. Bitterness is low and the beer is very easy to drink. The biggest difference with the bottled version is the depth of the beer. This is more complex, but certainly has a definate macro taste. (651 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
3.46/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very nice reddish/amber color, just like the name
describes. I poured hard, to get an idea of the head, and it started off decently thick, about 1 inch, but with the large bubbles, quickly disappeared into nothing more than a foamy skin on top of the beverage, but it offers more than some other beers I've had...actually sticks to the side of the glass. Good carbonation happening upon closer inspection.

S- Slightly sweet/malty would probably best describe the aroma of this ale. Not as pronounced as say, Rickards, but decently average. Maybe just a slight tinge of bread pudding.

T- I have to admit, this is the last bottle of a 12 pack that I bought to try this out, but haven't opened this last bottle for at least 3 months, if not longer. With that said, I actually like the flavor more than I remember. Even though my favorite domestic is Keith's "IPA", this I find has a little more of a hop presence and more flavor than the original, nice mild malty presence in the front of the palate and moderate bitterness to finish off, especially when in the throat. Actually leaves a bit of a mildly sweet aftertaste, which is nice.

M- Definately smoother than I remember, but still a heavy carbonation factor, as the appearance would suggest. Light/Medium body, nothing too serious however. I like the this more so in a lighter refreshing beer, like the IPA....would prefer less carbonation.

D- Definately can handle a few of these in a sitting, but think a couple of these would work better with a meal...probably pasta. Was and still am ever so slightly dissapointed with this brew from Keith's but wouldn't be opposed to ordering in a pub or purchasing again. I suggest at least trying it....I think it will be one of those average brews you try, but I think I'm being hard on this one b/c I love their original so much! (1,841 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Alexander Keith’s Red is a middle of the Red it is not horrible by any means but it not spectacular either.

Appearance- A Red-brown almost bronze color that pours with a full head.

Smell- A little bit sweet with some hops thrown in.

Taste- More hops than malt slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied.

Drinkability- A good pub beer It is definitely worth a try. (390 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.33/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly dark red with a copious head. A little loose but thick.

S - Quite malty, with a touch of hops. Kinda lagery with a toasty kick.

T - Not bad. Reminds me of an EPA-lite - a bit of toastiness, slight hops. Bitterness isn't huge, but perhaps more hop bitterness than flavour here.

M - Carbonation is a bit harsh - no surprise there. Odd spiciness as well that bites at the tongue. Not as light as expected.

D - Not bad, esp. for a Keith's product. (474 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.32/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the pub at the end of the street. Served in an Alexander Keith's 500 ml pint glass that was too cold.

Appearance - Dark red almost brown in color. Only 1/2 finger of head when the beer arrived to my table, but left soapy wisps of head for the during of the glass.

Smell - Nothing unpleasant, but there wasn't really much of anything other than "beer". This may have partially been because the glass was too cold and kind of dulled the aromatics of the beer a bit, but really there wasn't much here.

Taste- Crisp and clean, light caramels blended in. Also a bit of bite from other malts. Taste is a bit watery but since it was very cold seemed to work well.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, clean, seems reasonable balanced to my tastes. Lowish carbonation and thin feel.

Overall - I like this beer as a quick quaffable amber ale. Better than most offerings from Macro-Breweries and thus unfortunately would be one of the best beers on tap at a lot of establishments. While not a great beer, this is one that for whatever reason I rather enjoy. (1,049 characters)

Photo of eth916
3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased sampler pack while on a hockey trip in Canada.

Appearance - Large foamy head that unfortunately subsides rather quickly.

Smell - Toasted Malt and hops

Taste - Slightly bitter to start and ends with a mild/sweet aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Feels a little over-carbonated and rough on the tongue at times.

Drinkability - Not a horrible Amber, Not a great Amber. Would not hesitate to drink again in the future. (420 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at an Irish bar in Toronto. As with other Alexander Keith's beers that I've had this was unimpressive. It might be the best of the buch so far but still, pretty mediocre. The beer is clear, dark red or mild brown color, 1 finger of foam. The smell is malty sweet, not unlike Killians. Taste is likewise pretty close to Killians, balanced more or less, bitter hops and caramel malts. Drinkable red ale, not horrible, not great though. (451 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, amber-red with a fluffy off-white head. Some retention & lace.

S: Floral hops (with a little grass & spicyness). Mostly caramel from the malt. It's a modest, but pleasant aroma.

T: Fairly plain, mostly a caramel sweetness (balance is a little too sweet for my liking). Hops are very subtle... probably a blend of multiple varieties so that nothing is overwhelming (floral, grassy, spicy, earthy, orange-rind... it's got it all... just not very much). Their IPA would probably seem hoppy & bitter after this!

M: Moderate body & carbonation; slightly syrupy.

D: Easily approachable & modest alcohol, but it won't bring the afficionado back for more. (668 characters)

Photo of TheTrevor
3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber color with red highlights, appropriately enough. There was a minimal head that dissipated quickly. The smell is a little subtle on this one, and all I'm picking up is some malt. The taste is starts off with some sweet breadiness with a very small amount of hops in the background. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with medium carbonation. This beer is very drinkable, and I wouldn't mind sipping on some of these all night. (448 characters)

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.21/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 473-ml can into a beer stein.

Appearance - attractive maroon body with a light, foamy head that leaves lace.

Smell - tinny, hoppy, with leafy aroma. Not a whole lot else going on.

Taste - smooth, beckoning flavour with pretty minimal bitterness. Nice barley aftertaste felt on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - smooth and enjoyable.

Drinkability - not a bad choice for a session. The reality is that this beer ain't much, but it's enough. (443 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear deep red color mixed with a little bit of amber highlights. Light tan head that settles to a thin cap. Sticky lacing.

Grainy malts with a light honey smell. Some fruitiness.

Very bready and husky malts with a light burnt flavor. Seems to be a light fruit flavor present. Thin bodied with good carbonation giving it a bite in each sip. Mild bittering hops, to slightly balance the malt.

Seems like your average Amber/Red ale. It's worth a try, but don't expect anything special. (524 characters)

Photo of jhall00
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of the Keith's that I have had (IPA, Red, and Dark), this is the best so far.

A- Red/amber beer with decent head and carbonation

S- slightly floral and malty

T- Hints of nuts and floral, but no real maltiness

M- thin and watery, true to Keiths

D- a decent average beer, not true to style (296 characters)

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.16/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks very impressive upon the pour,but that's as good as it get's,great looking brew,but lools are decieving.Beautiful deep amber,mahogney color with a rocky bubbly tan head of good size,sticks around long enough to enjoy the looks and mild lacing.Nose to this one is faint on everything,a little toffee mixed in with some butter and malts and some prunes.Taste is kinda bland,was expecting a lot more,not much there,some sweetness coming at you from the toffee,a little bitterness,kinda tangy stale dry taste all coming at you at once with a hint of metallic,was really expecting a more wholesome maltier caramel kinda flavor,guess i was expecting too much.Easy to consume,not really that bad but expectations were high and flavor was kinda bland for me.Rickards Red has a lot more to offer for the same price. (822 characters)

Photo of imprezawrxsti
3.16/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can I bought at LCBO at Ossington and Bloor last trip to Toronto.

Looks a dark reddish amber, appropriately named. Thick, foamy head that clears quickly, but leaves a small bit behind.

Smells very slightly floral, very faintly though. I had to almost stick my nose in the beer to get a sniff.

Tastes slightly oaky, with distinct hop notes. Not much grain presence. Feels a bit light in the mouth.

Not exceptional, but not bad. I still like the original Kieth's more, but this is a good alternative. (523 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.16/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at a rib joint in MOntreal

Poured a copper red color with fluffy tan head

aroma was a bit malty, caramel

flavor - malts, caramel

mouthfeel - watery, light mouthfeel, medium carbonation, not very complex

drinkability - these go down quickly

a decent beer, not really anything special but not bad either. (315 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
3.16/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at a local establishment. In the glass it was a nice reddish colour with a small tan-coloured head. The aroma was slightly malty and not very strong. The taste was decent. Not very malty, and not metallic. It was mild to the tongue, not a lot of carbonation. (278 characters)

Photo of ozmodium
3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never being particularily impressed with Keith's so-called IPA (the IPA which isn't), I wasn't expecting much out of this. Poured out the bottle into a pint glass and watched as the minimal off white head quickly dissapated into the standard macro froth. Faily low carbonation. Nice orangy re colour tho. On drinking, slight lacing appeared. Smells like not a whole lot...Tastes alright, slightly alcohol notes immediately (a bit much for my liking) quickly disolve to fairly nice caramel malts with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Barely any aftertaste. Good balance on the carbonation. I think the alcohol level isn't hidden enough. Strange even though they claim 5%. Not a bad session beer. I can drink this. Theres just nothing really special about this. Tastes better when really cold. Seems like a good candidate for that silly "subzero" draught you can get the likes of Coors light in. (888 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at a local pub in Kingston.

A: Clear amber color with a decent head that faded to some lacing.

S: Aroma slightly sweet, not much else.

T: Had a mild sweetness and fairly clean finish.

M: Light body, smooth with some carbonation.

D: Decent beer, good for a couple. (272 characters)

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